Okay, he didn’t actually admit that. But by renewing a declaration of a drought emergency in the state of Texas, a drought that he has called public prayer rallies to fix, he might as well have. He extended a declaration that he initially issued on July 5, 2011.
“Prolonged dry conditions continue to increase the threat of wildfire across many portions of the state,” the governor’s proclamation said this week. “These drought conditions have reached historic levels and continue to pose an imminent threat to public health, property and the economy.”
But in April 2011, Perry issued a public declaration designating three days of prayer for rain because of those terrible conditions:
WHEREAS, the state of Texas is in the midst of an exceptional drought, with some parts of the state receiving no significant rainfall for almost three months, matching rainfall deficit records dating back to the 1930s; and
WHEREAS, a combination of higher than normal temperatures, low precipitation and low relative humidity has caused an extreme fire danger over most of the State, sparking more than 8,000 wildfires which have cost several lives, engulfed more than 1.8 million acres of land and destroyed almost 400 homes, causing me to issue an ongoing disaster declaration since December of last year; and
WHEREAS, these dire conditions have caused agricultural crops to fail, lake and reservoir levels to fall and cattle and livestock to struggle under intense stress, imposing a tremendous financial and emotional toll on our land and our people; and
WHEREAS, throughout our history, both as a state and as individuals, Texans have been strengthened, assured and lifted up through prayer; it seems right and fitting that the people of Texas should join together in prayer to humbly seek an end to this devastating drought and these dangerous wildfires;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas. I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on those days for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal way of life.
And in August 2011, he famously took part in that huge prayer rally at a stadium in Houston, again praying for an end to the drought. And here we are two years later and nothing has changed. Of course, they’ll never admit that this means their prayers didn’t work, but that should be obvious to anyone paying attention. Maybe they should stop praying and start working to pass policies to arrest global climate change. But no, they’d rather do rain dances or throw salt over their shoulder. Prayer — it’s literally the least you can do.